Title: Dietary enrichment of eggs with omega-3 fatty acids: A review
Authors: Fraeye, Ilse ×
Bruneel, Charlotte
Lemahieu, Charlotte
Buyse, Johan
Muylaert, Koenraad
Foubert, Imogen #
Issue Date: Oct-2012
Publisher: Published on behalf of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology by Elsevier Applied Science
Series Title: Food Research International vol:48 issue:2 pages:961-969
Abstract: The health benefits of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n.3 PUFA) are generally recognized. Unfortunately,
in most western countries, the recommended daily intake of these compounds is rarely met. Therefore,
enrichment of commonly occurring foods can boost intake of these fatty acids. In this regard, eggs are an
interesting target, as they form an integral part of the diet. Their n.3 PUFA profile can bemodified through feed
supplementation. A traditional n.3 PUFA source to be added to hens' diet is flaxseed, a plant source rich in
á-linolenic acid. Alternatively, hens are often fed fishoil,which is rich in long chain n.3 PUFA eicosapentaenoic
acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). A more recent trend is feed supplementation with microalgae as a
source of EPA and/or DHA. In this paper, recent scientific literature concerning n.3 PUFA enrichment in eggs is
reviewed, giving an overview of advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches.
ISSN: 0963-9969
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Microbial and Molecular Systems, Campus Kulak Kortrijk
Division of Livestock-Nutrition-Quality (-)
Biology, Campus Kulak Kortrijk
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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